Is there a Right to be Protected from the Adverse Effects of Scientific Progress and its Applications?

Author: Andrew Mazibrada
Published: 29.11.2022
An entitlement to access the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, particularly technology, is almost certainly settled content of the right to science. It has traditionally been interpreted from Article 15(1)(b) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, but probably inheres in a broader interpretation of Article 15, particularly following General Comment No. 25 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) in 2020. Yet, commentators seem convinced that the right to science also guarantees protection from the adverse effects of scientific progress and its applications, although it is not altogether clear why…